Solidarity Sunday ~ Community Gardening

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This past winter I met Board Members for the local Community Gardening Organization. We have a lot of similar interests. Most of them are activists, restaurant and farm owners and local gardening store owners. I started following them on Instagram and learning through their photos and stories the impact communal gardens can have in a social-economically disadvantage area.

When New Jersey was put under a Stay At Home Order and I switched to 100% telework in mid-March due to COVID, my anxiety was out of control.  I decided to plant Kale, Spinach, Lettuce and Herbs on my balcony to help manage my anxiety. Kale, Spinach and Herbs have been doing great. Lettuce was unsuccessful so I dumped it out and planted a mix pot Kale and Spinach in the middle pot. My new gardening friends have been coaching on my balcony gardening since March. As it turns out, it’s pretty easy. Since I am really enjoying getting my hands dirty, I offered to volunteer at the Community Gardens.
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There are four Community Gardens in Atlantic City; each is in a socio-economical disadvantage section of the city.  I am currently volunteering at two of them by weeding and watering the garden. In the next few weeks, I will be planting as well. Below are photos of the two gardens. The first photo is a garden that was maintained by a local resident who passed away from COVID a few weeks ago. By the time the team got to it, it needed a lot of attention. You can see yellowing from sun.  This garden needed lots of weeding.  I worked here on Friday and Saturday this week.  The first two beds are Squash.  The second photo is another garden a few blocks away and it is in great shape.  You can see the Purple Cabbage, Kale and Swiss chard are growing nicely.  I’m am enjoying working in soil. It’s very grounding for me and it’s great for managing anxiety.
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What I enjoy most is that I am helping to grow food for people who do not have the means to purchase Organic produce. The group also teaches folks how to plant and care for their own food. For me, this is a great way to be part of the community. It’s a way for me to “walk my talk” and show solidarity for my community.

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Solidarity Sunday ~ Campaign Zero

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I am focus on demonstrating Solidarity with our black fellow Americans this Sunday. Therefore,  I switched from a Self Care Sunday post to a Solidarity Sunday.

This Sunday I am sharing information from Campaign Zero   As stated on their website, “Campaign Zero supports the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”

I learned about Campaign Zero while watching a virtual town hall hosted by the My Brother’s Keeper. President Obama spoke to the Nation during this town hall. Afterwards, there were speakers on the virtual Town Hall. One of the speakers  was from Campaign Zero and they spoke about the #8cantwait initiative. #8cantwait are 8 policies, when implemented together, are estimated to have potential to reduce police violence 72%.

While many in the Black Lives Matters movement, are pushing for defunding police departments to force restructuring, I don’ t completely understand the concept or how they plan to execute and implement that.  I am still educating myself. Here are articles on the topic. Essentially, they are asking to move financial resources from police departments to housing, health and community development. The assertion is police reforms haven’t worked because of the systemic cultural bias that already exists in many. police departments.  They also assert police departments have used their increased funding in recent years to pursue minor infractions and to buy equipment to become more militarized.   Honestly, watching the footage from the protests, it’s obvious there is culture of brutality.

https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/defund-police-protest/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/defunding-the-police-us-what-does-it-mean

https://news.yahoo.com/explainer-u-protesters-call-defund-165849798.html

Campaign Zero is offering #8cantwait as a stepping stone city’s can put in place immediately while the movement works toward long term complete restructuring.

If this post makes you angry, I encourage you to stop reading my blog now because I will be posting more on this topic in the future. If this post makes you uncomfortable, I encourage you to explore those feelings.  Ask yourself why you are uncomfortable.  I fully intend to be a smart educated open-minded ally for my black fellow Americans. However, that doesn’t mean I hate the police.  It means I believe there is a culture of violence in many police departments that have gone unchecked. Times up!

I encourage anyone reading this post to read one thing this week to open their awareness or take one action to stand in solidarity for change in 2020✊ If you want to watch this very enlightening documentary 13th on Netflix.

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Loving Kindness Prayer💙
May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

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